When text votes are tallied and revealed tonight for ABS-CBN’s first ever “realiserye,” I Do, the Filipino public will make history in deciding the fate of two real-life couples, by sending one to the altar and bidding the other pair to wait a little longer.
I Do, which premiered on August 30, started out with nine couples contemplating matrimony, and who, through the guidance and counseling of psychologists and marriage counselors, realized week by week if they were indeed prepared to spend a lifetime together.
Throughout the series, which was hosted by Judy Ann Santos-Agoncillo, I Do’s couples learned the harsh and unromantic truth that love isn’t enough to make a marriage work.
On Tuesday, Juday, who has always been open in talking about her relationship with husband Ryan Agoncillo, admitted that even she discovered many ways of steeling her marriage as she witnessed the progress of the show’s contenders.
“It wasn’t only a journey for the couples but for myself as well,” she began. “And it wasn’t because I have a bad marriage but because I know that I still have to so much to learn to be a good wife.”
While she knows firsthand that married life entails a lot of hard work, she appreciated learning the true value of communication all over again from the counseling sessions given by the show’s resident experts, life coach Pia Acevedo, and psychologist Dr. Julian Montano.
“Ang dali sabihin na maging open sa isa’t-isa pero na-appreciate ko habang nakikita ko ang mga couples natin na dapat talagang gawin ito consciously sa isang relationship,” Juday continued. “Na hindi puwedeng ipon ka lang ng ipon ng sama ng loob mo para umiwas sa away dahil isang araw, mag-e-explode ka nalang talaga and mas mahirap nang ayusin yung problema by then.”
Introducing the two “Power Couples” who made it to the finals—Chad and Sheela and Jimmy and Kring—the host felt almost like a mother to them, proud of how they’ve matured in their relationships through the course of the show.
And just like a best friend, she also felt giddy on who between the two couples will get the Filipino people’s blessing to tie the knot.
“We decided to completely rely on text votes for the grand winning couple so there won’t be doubts that anything was staged,” Juday explained. “I was so sad to see the other couples break up in the course of the show, but no matter which couple wins, I will be happy for them because I’m a part of the success of their love story.”
I Do’s “Grand Couple” will win the wedding of their dreams—all expenses paid—with the ceremony and reception aired on ABS-CBN on November 15. Besides the big day, they will also receive a honeymoon package, a negosyo package worth P1.5 million, home appliances, P1 million in cash, and house and lot.
Before revealing the grand winner, tonight’s episode will show how the couples’ lives have changed since leaving the I Do village, as well as the scenes behind Jimmy and Chad’s surprise marriage proposal to their girlfriends.
I Do airs tonight after The Voice of the Philippines on ABS-CBN.